This medium bodied, varietally correct wine was assembled from our best barrels of Merlot. This wine has purple fruit aromas of ripe plum, and black currant that revolve around flavors of sweet cherry, dried herbs, truffle, and oak spice. This wine will improve over the next five years. Pair with a savory and elegant dish like Beef Wellington with a morel mushroom sauce.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Wine of the Week, Chuck Hill, WinesNW.com
"Earl and Hilda Jones came to Oregon’s Umpqua Valley in the mid-1990s to grow and produce varietal Tempranillo – their favorite wine from Spain. In just a few years they achieved that dream and then moved forward with production of other varietals that suited their estate climate or were available from nearby vineyards. This Merlot is a blend of estate fruit and fruit from the Rogue Valley. Blended with 11% Cabernet, 11% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot, it offers character of fine Bordeaux from the right bank. Look for earthy cherry and plum with baking spice and leather leading to a medium palate with a lingering, complex finish."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards, Umpqua Valley
Alta Seca Vineyard, Rogue Valley
Appellation: Southern Oregon AVA
Varietal Composition: Merlot 75%, Cab. Sauvignon 11%, Malbec 11%, Petit Verdot 3%
Harvest Date: 20, 22 October, 6 November 2010
Cooperage: American 60%, French 40%
At bottling: Sugar; nil pH; 3.54 TA; 6.17 grams/liter
Alcohol: 13.9% by volume
Case Production: 452 (750 mL)